August 16, 2009 Subject:
Sentimental, but not bad
As one of the early 'Color Classics' in the Fleischer Studios repertoire, 'Song of the Birds' tells a story of a young boy who plays the role of the typical 'boy-with-popgun' and goes out to experiment with it. However, a mother bird is in the process of instructing her newborn baby birds to fly. The boy shoots one of the babies, and the entire animal community holds a funeral procession for the baby bird, which saddens the boy to an extent that he prays for the bird's life. When rain starts falling, the baby bird gains back all health, and the boy destroys his popgun and makes friends with the baby bird and the animal friends.
This is a good cartoon, but the fact that it deals with life and death is way more than likely to trigger the need to bring out the Kleenex (it did to me). Famous Studios went on to remake this cartoon in the late 1940s with Little Audrey as the protagonist, but her version is a bit more sentimental than this one.
May 27, 2008 Subject:
Once again, the Fleischers get religious on us and show a near christ experience in a cartoon (Polar Bear Fun is very similar) a boy, who must be a real terror, is shooting everything in sight with a bb gun. Soon, yes, he shoots a little bird, killing it. But is it dead? Every other bird thinks so, and start performing a funeral eulogy. But of course, the bird comes back to life! Huzzah1 Little boy learns his lesson and yes, is soon eating bird seed with his new pals. Ummm, yeah.